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MOL’s latest VLCC uses augmented reality watchkeeping

Thu 11 Oct 2018 by Craig Jallal, tankers and markets editor

MOL’s latest VLCC uses augmented reality watchkeeping
The JV between Furuno Electric and MOL Techno-Trade uses AIS data to allow crew to see AR supplemented bridge views on tablets anywhere on the VLCC

After a successful live trial earlier this year, MOL is to fit augmented reality (AR) technology to newbuilding VLCC Suzukasan, which is slated for delivery on 12 October.

The AR technology has been developed by Furuno Electric and MOL Techno-Trade and uses AIS data to update the officer on watch with important voyage information such as the speed of other vessels, the closest approach time and the closest approach distance.

Images of landscapes taken from the bridge can also be shown on tablets, and these images will overlap with AR to provide visual support to crewmembers watchkeeping and operating ships during voyages.

The AR display screen was upgraded based on feedback of an initial trial that started in March this year using a next-generation FLEXIE car carrier Beluga Ace.

The development of AR-supplemented watchkeeping is part of the Ishin Next - MOL Smart Ship project, started in November 2016.


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